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Oppose the Orphan Works Bill

Let your congressional senators and representatives know that you oppose the Orphan Works bill. Use this link to send them a letter. The web page automatically determines your members of congress and e-mails them based on the info that you provide. For an excellent, comprehensive explanation of how this bill affects you as a creator of visual art (photographer) ...

2008 Music Press Directory

Every year the Music Press Report publishes an annual Music Press Directory containing a listing of music writers and photographers, their contact information, location, and specialties. It is time to submit your information for the 2008 directory, or update it if you have been listed in previous editions.

MPN News Feeds

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Are you reading the news feeds we provide? We have selected a number of feeds to provide MPN members with current news on the music industry, photo industry, and technical and business blogs. Make sure you click the News Feeds link in the left menu bar and check out our feeds. They are updated every hour. You can view them by category or by source. You can also double-click the News Feeds menu item to read the news feed items without leaving our site.

Live Nation Inks Deals With Madonna, U2, Jay-Z Worth $1.3B

Yes, that is correct - $1.3 billion or more. In October of 2007, Madonna inked a deal with Live Nation estimated to be worth $120 million. Jay-Z is reported to be in current negotiations for a similar long-term contract with Live Nation estimated to be worth $150 million. The U2 deal announced in March is expected to be worth more than $1 billion based on the band's 2005-2007 Vertigo tour which grossed over $400 million. The details of these deals are extraordinary.

MySpace And The Big Four Creating A Music Site

News Corporation, owner of MySpace.com and the MySpace Music Service, is partnering with three of the four major record labels to create a new music website. The MySpace Music Service will be spun off into an independent venture with Sony BMG, Universal Music, and Warner Music Group. EMI is expected to join the partnership in the coming weeks. The exact terms of the deal and details about the new site, including prices for downloaded music tracks, have not been disclosed. MySpace said that the site will offer songs for download that are free of digital rights management.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Public Beta

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Adobe has released a public beta of Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.0. The beta program will run through August of 2008. According to their website, the following enhancements are included in the beta release:

Live Nation Increases Foothold On Live Concerts

In January, long time Florida concert promoter Jon Stoll died from complications of brain cancer. He and wife Lori were owners of Fantasma Productions. Last week, Fantasma Productions entered into an agreement with Live Nation. Read the details of the agreement after the jump.

Wireless Flash: RadioPoppers vs. PocketWizards vs. Nikon & Canon

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Over on the Strobist blog, David Hobby discusses his first impressions of the RadioPopper. Like Nikon's SU-800 with Nikon SB800 & SB600 flashes or Canon's ST-E2 and Canon 580EX II & 430EX flashes, the RadioPopper offers full TTL control. Like PocketWizard systems, the RadioPopper uses radio signals for all of its communication between the transmitter and the receivers. What you get is a beautiful marriage of TTL over radio signals. Why is this important?

Happy 1 Month Anniversary MPN

On February 10th, MusicPhotographers.net made their official launch. We have been open for a month now and our membership is already at nearly 240 members. We have quite a few notable photographers among our members including Jon Seivert (author of Concert Photography), David Bergman (check out his Bare Naked Ladies!), Sherry Rayn Barnett (great images of several icons in music including Joni Mitchell), and several others.

Offensive Photo Contest Rules

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I found these rules on a music artist's fan page on a social networking site. I would like pointers to other similarly offensive photo contest rules. Post a link to the rules and name what section in the rules contains the offensive language. This will be helpful for every member of this community.

NikonUSA rolls out new website

NikonUSA relaunched their website on Tuesday with a completely new design. Along with the new website, they have launched a blog where website visitors can provide constructive feedback and recommendations for how to improve the website. Read more about this after the jump.

Getty Images Sold For $2.4 Billion

As recently as a three weeks ago, on the Q4 earnings investor call, Getty Images (Public, NYSE:GYI) CEO Jonathan Klein said "I would stress that at no point has Getty Images talked about a sale. We have talked about strategic alternatives." You can read a live blog of that call with investors written by Daryl Lang over on Photo District News.

A Photo Editor Interviews Jodi Peckman, Rolling Stone

Rob Haggart, aka A Photo Editor, posts a nice interview with Jodi Peckman, Director of Photography for Rolling Stone magazine. The last few questions are of particular interest to me as a music photographer. Go check it out!

10 Questions for Jodi Peckman - Director of Photography, Rolling Stone Magazine

Walter Rowe
Professional Photographer
Columbia, Maryland - USA

Jeff Sedlik on The Value of Photography

Jeff Sedlik, co-founder of PLUS and world renowned music photographer, discusses the value of photography in this January 2006 Rangefinder Magazine article. Every photographer should give it a read, and then they should do a Google search on Jeff Sedlik. He is considered the premiere jazz photographer.

RIP - Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg died Sunday, Dec 16th at his home in Maine from prostate cancer at age 56.